According to a post on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s website, the NHVR has drastically reduced the amount of paperwork drivers need to keep in the cab of the heavy vehicle with them, following the release of the Carriage and presentation of documents bulletin and the Notices that must be carried fact sheet.
On its website, the NHVR announced changes that would make truckies lives a little simplier by providing them with certainty of the paperwork that they should have with them.
According to Sal Petroccitto, NHVR Chief Executive the 2 publications provide certainty to drivers as well as operators about the documents they need to carry with them.
He explained that it was not the intention of the NHVR to make the cab a filing cabinet and so not every document needed to be carried around by drivers. Petroccitto was quoted as saying:
“The cabin of a truck is not meant to be a filing cabinet,” said Mr Petroccitto.
“Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law, some documents don’t need to be carried at all. For the documents that still need to be carried, most can be stored and presented as an electronic copy, if that’s more convenient.
“Overall and over time, we want to minimise the paperwork and administrative burden operators and drivers face in their day-to-day work. As we harmonise notices across the country, we’ll continue to cut the number of notices that need to be carried.
“This means operators can spend less time worrying about the paperwork their drivers need and more time in making sure their drivers, schedulers, loaders and others in the supply chain are doing the right thing,” Mr Petroccitto said.
On its website the NHVR goes on to explain that the Carriage and presentation of documents bulletin provides operators and drivers with a summary of the most common transport documents and also explains which documents need to be carried with them.
The bulletin also explains which documents may be carried as an electronic copy which would save drivers carry loads of paperwork around with them.
The bulletin also defines how those electronic documents can be stored and presented to authorities when requested.
The NHVR has also provided a fact sheet about the Notices that must be carried. It is a complete list of all the gazette notices that drivers have to carry with them. The fact sheet makes it easier for drivers to quickly identify whether the notice under which they are operating needs to be carried or not.
The permitted electronic versions of documents will have to be carried in full on a device with a visual display that enables an authorised officer to read and understand all elements of the document.
Drivers cannot waste time during an intercept by beginning to download the document from another location, the document must already be downloaded in full on the device at the time of an intercept.
To access the Notices that must be carried fact sheet go to www.nhvr.gov.au/notices